Still taking inventory of my online accounts and email addresses. I've decided it's time to retire my oldest email account, which is the one I use primarily for chat.
The reasons for this are several.
It used to be that you needed an MSN account to use MSN services, such as Messenger. Now, anything can be used - and they may be retiring MSN and forcing a switchover to Skype, which gives me an excuse for a fresh start. So I don't need to keep that old account around purely for the purposes of chatting over MSN.
Also, awhile ago I didn't log in for a few months and came back to find my older emails, some highly prized conversations with extreme sentimental value (ahem!), cleaned out. Thanks, Hotmail!
So I really don't need to keep the account around anymore. I was holding out due to old friends that I met as far back as eight years ago (fuck, where does the time go...)
Well, it's time to officially give up on them and retire the current MSN address that I use for chatting.
tl;dr = My current MSN address, which I use for instant messaging only, is going to be retired over the next few weeks. In its place, I will be using my dedicated "furry" account for chatting with people connected with the furry fandom! Let me know if you want to remain in contact, because soon I won't be signing into the account you have.
Having had it for so long, I don't know if I'll delete the account itself, but it's going to slowly fall into disuse. Over time, that will happen to my other account too. I'm trying to streamline and "dedicate" online accounts to parts of my life, so I'm not receiving comments on my furry porn on the same email address as I receive emails from my mother, the time-table from the local youth center/gym and my college results. Likewise, I don't want to be chatting to random horny furries on the same account as I'm using to talk to my boss. It all needs to be separate.
I'd love to be able to look back in 15 years and point to my first real email account that I still have. I'd love to invest in my own nostalgia for later, like a superannuation of warm and fluffy feelings set aside. But that doesn't mean I need to be using those accounts now for everything all at once.
This process is going to be a pain in the ass, but I'll nibble at it occasionally until I've saved/backed up all my old emails and can effectively retire my old accounts. I don't want to lose a single comment or review from any of you (yes, even those of you who've forgotten about me, because I haven't forgotten you) - even in twenty years, I'm sure it'll all mean a lot to me!
PS - Steam is obviously exempt from this. If you already speak to me on Steam, don't worry. That account won't change for a little while. Steam's chat program is amazing, and if I trust you enough to let you harrass me during my gaming, then it's all good!
5 years, 6 months ago
02 Aug 2013 19:22 CEST